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## Most productive states in America

One of the strongest indicators of a country's economic capacity and productivity is its gross domestic product. GDP represents the total market value of economic goods and services over the course of a year, calculated by adding gross investment, private consumption, government investment, government spending, and trade exports, less imports. In 2017, the United States’ GDP reached a staggering $19.39 trillion, the largest in the world and 4.1% higher than 2016’s figure, $18.62 trillion.

While the United States clearly stands out among countries for this measure of economic strength, Stacker set out to discover how GDP varies from state to state. Using data computed by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, we analyzed the per capita GDP for every state plus Washington, D.C. The statistics are represented in chained 2009 dollars to account for inflation, include both public and private industries, and represent the total GDP divided by each state’s population.

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## #51: Mississippi

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $32,102

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $31,700

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $32,041 - 2 / 51The Knowles Gallery // Flickr
## #50: Idaho

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,056

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $35,738

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,080 - 3 / 51Ryan Stanton // Flickr
## #49: West Virginia

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,244

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,461

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $33,892 -
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## #48: Arkansas

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,524

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,338

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $35,205 - 5 / 51Akhenaton06//Wikimedia
## #47: South Carolina

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $37,075

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,917

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,724 - 6 / 51Eric in SF//Wikimedia
## #46: Alabama

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $37,402

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,911

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,522 -
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## #45: Kentucky

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,950

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,610

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $38,159 - 8 / 51Haydn Blackey//Wikimedia
## #44: Maine

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,956

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,415

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $38,946 - 9 / 51Urban~commonswiki//Wikimedia
## #43: Arizona

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,985

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,647

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $44,168 -
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## #42: Florida

Real GDP per capita in 2016: $39,506

Real GDP per capita in 2015: $39,289

Real GDP per capita in 2007: $43,506